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Elizabeth I

by George, Margaret, 1943-

Format: Print Book 2012
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Community Library of Castle Shannon Non Fiction Fic George
Location  Community Library of Castle Shannon
 
Collection  Non Fiction
 
Call Number  Fic George
 
 
Summary
The New York Times bestseller from Margaret George--a captivating novel about history's most enthralling queen, the legendary Elizabeth I.

England's greatest monarch has baffled and intrigued the world for centuries. But what was the Virgin Queen really like? Lettice Knollys--Elizabeth's flame-haired, look-alike coussin--thinks she knows all too well. Elizabeth's rival for the love of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and mother to the Earl of Essex, Lettice has been intertwined with Elizabeth since childhood.

This is a story of two women of fierce intellect and desire, one trying to protect her country and throne, the other trying to regain power and position for her family. Their rivalry, and its ensuing drama, soon involves everyone close to Elizabeth, from the famed courtiers who enriched the crown to the legendary poets and playwrights who paid homage to it with their works.

Filled with intimate portraits of the personalities who made the Elizabethan age great--Shakespeare, Marlowe, Dudley, Raleigh, Drake-- Elizabeth I provides an unforgettable glimpse of a woman who considered herself married to her people. A queen who ruled as much from the heart as from the head.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Having already tackled Henry VIII (The Autobiography of Henry VIII, 1986) and Mary, Queen of Scots (Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles, 1992), George now turns to Elizabeth I. Narrating her own story, Elizabeth is in late middle age, still formidable, but having hot flashes and keeping notes as a memory aid. Robert Dudley, the love of her life, dies early on, and one by one she loses most of her other trusted councillors as well. Dudley's ambitious and wayward stepson Robert Devereaux, the Earl of Essex, arrives at court and becomes her last great favorite. As she did in The Autobiography of Henry VIII, George adds an extra dimension by providing a second narrator; here it is Devereaux's mother (and Dudley's widow), Lettice Knollys. Banished from court because of an irregular marriage, Knollys conducts an adventurous sex life (one of her lovers is Will Shakespeare) and schemes to push Devereaux into power and restore the family fortunes. George's mastery of period detail and her sure navigation through the rocky shoals of Elizabethan politics mean this lengthy novel never flags.--Quinn, Mary Ellen Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Personal and political conflicts among such larger-than-life historical figures as Francis Bacon, Walter Raleigh, Francis Drake, and Will Shakespeare intertwine in George's meticulously envisioned portrait of Elizabeth I during the last 25 years of her reign. Unlike most contemporary depictions of the Virgin Queen, this one is actually a virgin; she's married to England, whose interests she pursues with shrewdness, courage, and wisdom borne of surviving the deaths of her family. Readers see the queen through her own eyes and those of her cousin, Lettice Knollys, wife of Elizabethan heartthrob Robert Dudley, aka the earl of Leicester. Elizabeth's antithesis, thrice-married and much-bedded Lettice, is driven by passion and self-interest, easily evidenced by the story's beginnings: it's 1588, and Elizabeth meets the threat of the Spanish Armada head-on while Lettice calculates how her son might benefit. Like her heroine, George (The Autobiography of Henry VIII) possesses an eye for beauty and a knack for detail, creating a vibrant story that, for nearly 700 pages, enables readers to experience firsthand Elizabeth's decisions, triumphs, and losses. Rather than turn Elizabeth I into a romantic heroine, George painstakingly reveals a monarch who defined an era. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Elizabeth -- I, -- Queen of England, -- 1533-1603 -- Fiction.
Leicester, Lettice Dudley, -- Countess of, -- 1543-1634 -- Fiction.
Leicester, Robert Dudley, -- Earl of, -- 1532?-1588 -- Fiction.
Queens -- Great Britain -- Fiction.
Great Britain -- History -- Elizabeth, 1558-1603 -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :2012
Language English
Description 671 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9780143120445
0143120441
9780142429136
0142429139
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